Fantastic Classics

10/10/2005
  |  Buy to Own: 10/10/2005
  |  502 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Box set containing five classic 20th Century Fox movies. In 'The Fly' (1958), a scientist (David Hedison) is obsessed with developing a molecular matter transmitter. When he attempts to test the invention himself, he is unwittingly joined by a companion - a fly that has sneaked into the transportation pod with him. The consequences of the experiment soon become clear, as the scientist begins to take on fly-like characteristics. In 'The Day The Earth Stood Still' (1951), a non-threatening alien (Michael Rennie) comes to Earth in 1951 with a message of peace, but he is shot and wounded by nervous troops. His ten-foot robot, Gort, immediately renders all Earth weapons useless while the alien delivers an ultimatum to the world: stop fighting or be destroyed. In 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea' (1961), USN Admiral Nelson (Walter Pidgeon) takes command of a technologically advanced atomic submarine. With a group of eminent scientists (including Joan Fontaine and Peter Lorre) on board, Nelson sets out to save the world by exploding an undersea belt of lethal radiation. The film inspired a long-running television series. In 'Fantastic Voyage' (1966), a group of medics (Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, William Redfield, Arthur Kennedy and Donald Pleasence) and a submarine are miniaturised and injected into the bloodstream of a top Czech scientist, who was shot while defecting, in order to carry out delicate, life-saving surgery. Travelling though his body is hazardous, but far more dangerous is the suspicion that one of them is a traitor. They race against time to perform the surgery and escape from the body before they return to their full size. The film won Oscars for Best Cinematography and Best Editing. Finally, in 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' (1959), an Edinburgh professor (James Mason) leads an expedition down an Icelandic volcano to find the Earth's core. Hindered by rock-slides, magnetic storms and prehistoric monsters, their quest is further put in jeopardy by the attentions of an unscrupulous rival. Based on the novel by Jules Verne.